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Ty Polsgrove scores inside during Avery’s lopsided victory against Mitchell last week.
Photo by Jamie Shell



Originally published: 2013-01-22 17:05:41
Last modified: 2013-01-23 15:24:12

Boys fall to Cougars, maul Mountaineers

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Avery varsity boys basketball looked to make up ground in the Western Highlands Conference standings last week, and managed a split in a pair of contests against WHC foes. The Vikings fell 47-34 in a defensive struggle in Burnsville on Wednesday, Jan. 16, against Mountain Heritage, but bounced back in convincing fashion with a 68-35 thrashing of visiting Mitchell on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Viking Gym.

The Cougars held a narrow 8-6 lead after one quarter and slightly extended its lead to 20-14 at halftime.

The two clubs combined for only 17 points in the third quarter, but Heritage held on to its advantage by a 29-22 margin entering the final period. In the final eight minutes, Avery was unable to muster a comeback, as Mountain Heritage preserved its lead by making 12-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the home victory.

James Stewart was the only Avery player in double-figures scoring with 10 points. Luke Wotell scored eight points, with seven points from Shea Buchanan. Grant Buckner led Mountain Heritage with a game-high 19 points.

Avery got back on the winning track with a win against the rival Mountaineers. Avery raced out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter and extended its lead to 33-17 at halftime. Mitchell had no answer for the Avery team offensive attack, as the Vikings shared the basketball and scored with relative ease in the second half.

Six different Vikings scored in the third quarter to propel the Big Red to a commanding 48-27 lead after three periods. The Vikings finished the game with passion, outscoring the Mountaineers 20-8 to close the contest and secure the win.

Tre Jackson led the Avery scoring assault with 11 points off the bench. Ty Polsgrove added 10 points, with nine points from Dylan Bauer and eight points each from Wotell and Payton Lowery.

AHS returned to action earlier this week with a road contest at Owen. The team returns home this Friday, Jan. 25, to host Thomas Jefferson.

COACHES VS.CANCER NIGHTS AT AVERY HIGH SCHOOL:

This Friday, Jan. 25, Avery High School's men's basketball is holding Coaches vs. Cancer Night. The Vikings' men's basketball coaches will join coaches across the country dressed in suits and tennis shoes in recognition of the fight against cancer.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Avery's ladies basketball clubs will be holding their annual "Pink Game," as players and coaches will don pink apparel in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Donations will be accepted both evenings for cancer research. In addition, during both evenings, the Avery Athletics Department will donate $1 toward the cause for each point scored during all the games.

AHS challenges the community to come out to support this cause both with donations and with fan support. Local businesses are invited to take part in matching funds raised. For more information, call Avery High School Director of Athletics Jay Smith at (828) 733-0842.